27 July 2020
Last Friday Mary Ann Pike noticed that Terzo and Morela were spending a lot of time at the Pitt peregrine nest and commented:
Seems like Morela and Terzo have been swapping shifts at the nest today. I saw Morela this morning, then Terzo early afternoon for a while, now Morela is there again. What a strange situation with Ecco in the mix. I wonder if he hangs around Oakland somewhere when he’s not on camera. It seems like the other 2 must be spending most of their time in Oakland but under normal circumstances they wouldn’t let a third Peregrine hang around.— Mary Ann Pike, 24 July 2020, 4:33pm
We didn’t realize it on Friday but Terzo and Morela were probably vigilant because Ecco was nearby. He appeared on camera before dawn.
In the video below Ecco arrives at 5:33am to bow with Morela. After he leaves Morela pauses for 45 seconds, then we hear a peregrine wailing at 3:28 in the video. The wailing continues intermittently over the next three minutes. Was it Terzo complaining that Ecco was there?
The rest of 24 July was very busy. Morela and Terzo bowed at 8:30a and 3:30p.
Terzo sunbathed and watched for two hours.
Then Morela hung out and preened for three hours. I’m happy to see that Morela’s flipped primary feather is gone.
Terzo and Morela courted at dawn on Sunday morning. There was no sign of Ecco but I’m sure he’ll return.
However, the threesome continues at the Pitt peregrine nest.
(photos and videos from the National Aviary falconcam at Univ of Pittsburgh)
p.s. The National Aviary falconcam streaming service ends on 31 July 2020. It will resume next February.